On the second day of metallic sights the wind took a 180 degree turn, metaphorically speaking. The unpredictable gusts and let offs of Day One gave way to a more readable and consistent wind.
Newport Rhode Island Rifle Clubs, Michele Makucevich lead the 12 possible shot at 50 Meters with a 400-36X. Howard Pitts cleaned both stages for a 400-36 in the Dewar. Pitts, this time John, won the 100 yard match by Creedmooring Hank Gray when both shot a 400-34X.
Paul Gideon, former two time national champion, posted a 1200-83X to bounce back from a wind hampered first day and win the second daily aggregate. With nine 1199s on his heels Gideon showed consummate skill.
The metallic sight championship was decided and it was a tight contest that reminded the field of the 2014 contest with a civilian, Kevin Nevius, up against a member of the USAMU, Hank Gray. They both were four points down on day one but Gray had the upper hand with an 11 X lead over Nevius.
Nevius gained the lead early when Gray lost a point in the Meter Match. Both men coughed up a point each in the Dewar match and then came back to clean the 100 Yard event. In the end Nevius won with a 2395-171X to Gray’s 2394-192X.
The day finished with the Dewar and Randle postal matches being fired in hopes of beating predicted bad weather. The team matches and the Whistler Boy will be shot early Friday before the predicted inclement weather rolls in.